According to a report in the Daily Mail, Blackpool’s roster is being paid $3.1 million. At the top of the league is Manchester City, whose payroll is $237.1 million.
Think about that.
That means that Blackpool’s players are getting paid 1.3 percent of what Man City’s players are getting paid. How does that compare to other disparities?
How about 2006, when everyone made a huge deal of the disparity between the payroll of the New York Yankees ($194 million) and the Florida Marlins ($14.9 million)? The Marlins roster was being paid 7.7 percent of what the Yankees were making. Not even close to the uphill climb that Blackpool has.
The team’s next opponent is Arsenal. Arsenal’s payroll? $116 million. Not exactly ManU, but nothing close to the Marlins either. Blackpool players are getting paid 2.7 percent of what Arsenal players make.
What else is there to root for? Well, Blackpool’s fortunes could lead to the greatest percentage economic boom a team has ever provided in a single season in the history of sports. The town is so poor it has the lowest life expectancy in England and Wales; and real revitalization is on the line for the city if the team wins.
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